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Pennsylvania

  • November 14, 2018

    Ex-NFLer Can't Use Judge To Nix Concussion Award Rejection

    The Pennsylvania federal judge overseeing the NFL concussion settlement rejected an appeal to reverse a decision that overturned an award for a player who had been diagnosed with neurocognitive impairment, saying the objection must be sent to the claims administrator.

  • November 14, 2018

    3rd Circ. Won't Revive Stock-Drop Suit Against Ocwen Affiliate

    The Third Circuit on Wednesday affirmed the dismissal of a securities fraud class action against an Ocwen Financial Corp. affiliate whose stock tumbled following its parent company's regulatory troubles stemming from the housing crisis in the mid-2000s, ruling in a precedential decision that the suing funds didn't plausibly allege the fraud cost investors billions.

  • November 14, 2018

    BofA Sheds Pa. Firm's Claims Over Account Phishing Scheme

    A federal judge has rejected claims that Bank of America Corp. breached its contract with a Philadelphia-area law firm by failing to stop a half-a-million-dollar wire transfer initiated after a partner fell victim to a phishing scheme.

  • November 14, 2018

    3rd Circ. Urged To Back Ruling In $377M Foreign Income Row

    The Internal Revenue Service urged the Third Circuit on Wednesday to uphold a U.S. Tax Court decision finding an additional $377 million in taxable income for a U.S. shareholder, saying that loan guarantees from offshore subsidiaries trigger a requirement to include the subsidiaries’ earnings.

  • November 14, 2018

    Pa. Band ‘Church Girls’ Can’t Duck Trademark Counterclaim

    A Pennsylvania indie rock band suing over the name “Church Girls” can’t shake an identically named Florida band’s counterclaim that the Philadelphia-based group knew about its counterpart when it registered a trademark for the name, a Florida federal judge ruled Tuesday.

  • November 14, 2018

    Pa. Panel Urged To Revive Risperdal Breast-Growth Case

    A Philadelphia judge’s mid-trial decision axing claims against a Johnson & Johnson unit over breast growth allegedly linked to the antipsychotic medication Risperdal came under fire Wednesday as a state appeals court heard arguments that the case had been improperly dismissed for lack of scientific proof.

  • November 14, 2018

    Pa. Widow Sues Security Co., Alleging Fire Alarm Was Faulty

    A western Pennsylvania widow is suing a Pittsburgh-based security company she blames for a fire alarm system that wasn’t properly reset after a false alarm and didn’t go off in a real fire that left her husband dead, according to a complaint filed in state court Tuesday.

  • November 14, 2018

    Kramer Levin, Milbank Tweed Steer $1B Hotel-Casino Buy

    Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP represented REIT Vici Properties Inc. on its acquisition, alongside Pennsylvania-based Penn National Gaming Inc., of a Detroit hotel and casino from Rock Ventures LLC and Jack Entertainment LLC for a combined $1 billion, a deal announced Wednesday and in which Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy LLP helped Penn National.

  • November 14, 2018

    Bridger Cos. Can’t Dodge Rail Services Deal Breach Dispute

    A Pennsylvania federal judge refused to toss claims against more than a dozen Bridger Logistics affiliates in Eddystone Rail's suit over allegedly fraudulent asset transfers the rail company claims were meant to defraud it under a rail services agreement.

  • November 13, 2018

    Settlement Ends Porn Email Revenge Suit Against Ex-Pa. AG

    One current and one former Pennsylvania state investigator have agreed to accept a $75,000 settlement to end claims that Kathleen Kane, the state's convicted ex-attorney general, retaliated against them by publicly linking them to a scandal over pornographic and other lewd material swapped over government email accounts.

  • November 13, 2018

    Pa. Water Co. Wants Seller To Cover Subsidiary's Legal Costs

    Pittsburgh-based Evoqua Water Technologies Corp. wants French company Bio UV Group SAS to pick up the legal bills for a company Evoqua bought from it in 2016, claiming in state court Tuesday that a hot-tub maker's claims against the purchased company should be covered by the indemnification language in the stock purchase agreement.

  • November 13, 2018

    Ex-Mayoral Aide Faces Charges Of Misusing Philly Funds

    A top official under Philadelphia’s former mayor was slapped with felony charges Tuesday for allegedly spending some $20,000 in public funds on personal travel, upscale dining and shopping trips and misappropriating another $225,000 that had been earmarked for a city cycling event.

  • November 13, 2018

    No Bridgegate Role, 3rd Circ. Pick Says Of Work For Christie

    Lowenstein Sandler LLP partner Paul Matey, President Donald Trump’s choice for a Third Circuit vacancy, faced a grilling from the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday over his time serving as an attorney for former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

  • November 13, 2018

    As Amazon Goes Elsewhere, Pittsburgh To Release HQ2 Bid

    Now that Amazon has announced it will split its second headquarters between New York and northern Virginia, Pittsburgh and Allegheny County are dropping their effort to keep their bid for the giant project secret and will release at least part of it to the public soon, Mayor Bill Peduto said Tuesday.

  • November 13, 2018

    Trump Cheers Cable Group's Call For Comcast Antitrust Probe

    President Donald Trump on Monday said he supported a call by a cable industry group to investigate alleged anti-competitive activity by Comcast Corp., specifically with regard to its merger with NBC Universal.

  • November 9, 2018

    $1.6M Deal Approved In OT Suit Against Home Health Agency

    A Pennsylvania federal judge has given a final stamp of approval to a $1.6 million deal to settle a class action claiming a home health care agency didn’t properly pay its workers for overtime.

  • November 9, 2018

    Insurer Must Defend Shooter's Estate, Pa. Justices Told

    A man who was injured in a scuffle as he walked in on a murder-suicide is urging Pennsylvania's highest court to uphold a decision finding that Erie Insurance Exchange was responsible for the cost of defending the gunman's estate in a lawsuit over the incident.

  • November 9, 2018

    Idelic Closes $2M Funding Round Led By Bain Capital

    Pittsburgh-based Idelic, which specializes in software aimed at improving transportation safety, has closed a $2 million round of financing led by Bain Capital Ventures and overseen by Pepper Hamilton LLP, the firm announced Friday.

  • November 9, 2018

    3rd Circ. OKs 60-Month FCPA Sentence In $3.5M Bribery Case

    The Third Circuit has rejected arguments that the ultimate economic benefit of two Russian energy projects advanced through bribes from Philadelphia-area businessman Dmitrij Harder should have been considered a mitigating factor as Harder was sentenced to a 60-month prison term for violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

  • November 9, 2018

    3 Firms Shepherd $3.2B Merger Of Fiber Optic Cos.

    Finisar Corp., a formerly private equity-owned fiber optic supplier, has agreed to a roughly $3.2 billion cash-and-stock merger with peer II-VI Inc., the companies said Friday, in a deal steered by K&L Gates LLP, Sherrard German and Kelly PC, and O’Melveny & Myers LLP.

Expert Analysis

  • Simple Secrets For Improving Your CLE

    Daniel Karon

    With few cases going to trial, many attorneys keep their oral-presentation skills sharp by teaching continuing legal education programs. To avoid giving a CLE that falls flat and damages your reputation, you must fashion a thoughtful message, control its presentation, and nail the beginning and ending, says Daniel Karon of Karon LLC.

  • Energy, Environment And The Elections: A Changed Mosaic

    Ali Zaidi

    Last week's midterm elections changed the regulatory landscape for energy and the environment in three subtle yet significant ways, say attorneys with Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

  • It’s Time For Law Firms To Start Talking About Gen Z

    Eliza Stoker

    Since the oldest members of Generation Z aren’t even finished with law school yet, law firm management is in a unique position to prepare for their entrance into the legal workforce, says Eliza Stoker of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Should Juries Try To Predict FDA Drug Labeling Decisions?

    Alan Klein

    The U.S. Supreme Court's review of Merck v. Albrecht promises to shape the way decisions of regulatory agencies — such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s rejection of a drug manufacturer’s proposed label warning — can be interpreted by juries, say Alan Klein and Matthew Decker at Duane Morris LLP.

  • State Net

    How The States Fared In The Midterms

    Lou Cannon

    Lou Cannon, editorial adviser and columnist at LexisNexis State Net Capitol Journal, dissects the results of the governor’s races and state legislative chambers in the 2018 midterm elections.

  • Top 10 Snap Observations From The 2018 Midterm Elections

    Frank Donatelli

    The just-completed midterm elections could be called the “cafeteria midterms,” because there was something for everyone. The results offered both encouragement and warnings for Democrats and Republicans looking to 2020, says Frank Donatelli of McGuireWoods Consulting LLC.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Yale's Linda Greenhouse Talks Journalism

    Linda Greenhouse

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Yale Law School lecturer and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Linda Greenhouse discusses her coverage of the U.S. Supreme Court, the conservatives' long game and trends in journalism.

  • What Sikkelee Means For Preemption In The 3rd Circ.

    Alexis Kellert

    Conflict preemption was at the heart of the Third Circuit’s recent analysis in Sikkelee v. Precision Airmotive, where the majority shifted precedent to inject state law into federally regulated aviation design, says Alexis Kellert of Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP.

  • Opinion

    Celebrate Veterans By Improving Their Access To Justice

    Linda Klein

    Attorneys should think beyond the Veterans Day parades and use their time and talents to help the many veterans facing urgent legal issues, says Linda Klein of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC.

  • Bringing Alcoholic Beverage Coupons Into The Digital Age

    Alva Mather

    Laws on coupons and rebates for alcoholic beverages vary across the country. Ascertaining the legal status of digital coupons, which may not have been envisioned when a state's laws were written, creates additional wrinkles for companies, says Alva Mather of DLA Piper.